January 15 2020

'The Neuse Juice'

Volumn 47 Number 1

Coming Events 

Commodore's Log

Jeff Keynon, Commodore

S/V Calitri

Happy New Year!  Let the new decade bring NSA a fabulous year of events, cruises and parties!

Welcome to 2020!! If the New Year’s Day “Instead of Football Regatta” is a harbinger of things to come, 2020 will be a great year indeed. NSA had quite a number of boats on the water for this fun event on a spectacular and perfect wind day to be on the water (even though it isn’t an official NSA event).

I want to welcome the 2020 board and thank them for their service to the club. Without volunteers, NSA would not exist. I appreciate all that each of the board members, Vice Commodores and chairpersons do to make NSA such a great organization and am honored to be the commodore of such a great team. AND there are volunteers beyond the board of course that help make our events happen. I thank each of you in advance for helping this year. I encourage you to seek out and accept opportunities to support events and cruises in 2020. You will not regret it and will gain some deeper relationships with your fellow members as a result!

One of the most important tasks of the first board meeting in December was to review and approve the cruise schedule. As you can see on the website, our new VC of Cruising, Carl Crothers, has done a great job planning visits to both new and old haunts, as well as mixing it up a bit with an overnight option during the weeklong. Let’s keep up the momentum, participation and excitement for our cruises in 2020. Look for those registrations to open and sign up!

2020 is the second full year of the Nautical Coop of Oriental (NCO). The 3 organizations (NSA, SCOO, ODC) remain independent but cooperating on events that support boating in Pamlico County. NSA will continue to provide leadership for the Dinghy Poker run; the rejuvenation of the Oriental Cup continues under the NCO banner, the winter Seminar series begins in January; and other activities are being planned as the NCO moves forward in a thoughtful manner under leadership from all 3 organizations.

I am sure you are all aware that one of NSA’s most cherished places, Ocracoke, was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Since Ocracoke has given so much to NSA, and indeed to Oriental, in the aftermath of Florence, I would like to declare a 2020 “Commodore’s Challenge” for NSA to donate to a worthy cause on the island. The board has not yet determined where to target our efforts but be on the lookout for how you can contribute or participate in making a difference. At our first event, the Oyster Roast on February 22, we’ll announce the plan and solicit your support.

As we look ahead to 2020 my earnest hope is that we have a safe year with fair winds and following seas, and in NSA fashion when we arrive, we can join together for some great outings and share both food and beverages!

Please feel free to message me directly (508-331-1760, jeff.kenyon@gmail.com) if you have ideas or feedback on club related topics.

Cruising Outlook

Carl Crothers, VC Cruising

S/V Sanctuary

The 2020 Cruise Plan will take us back to many of our favorite destinations but with a challenging twist this year for our mid-summer Week-long Cruise, June 13-21. We will keep the club together but with a choice of routes to our primary destination, the beautiful and hospitable Albemarle Plantation Marina on the north shore of Albemarle Sound.

Members can choose to sail the traditional route – the ICW up Bay River, the Hobucken Cut, and the Pungo River-Alligator River Canal – or join a group of boats for an overnight sail direct from Oriental to Manteo, a distance of about 88nm. The two fleets will then rendezvous on the third day at Albemarle Plantation Marina for three fabulous nights. The group sailing overnight will depart early on Friday evening, June 12. Our return sail will include an anchorage in the southern Alligator River, followed by our final two nights at Dowry Creek Marina off the Pungo River near Belhaven.

You can find details about this plan and our other cruises in the Events List. As we get closer, we will provide navigational and safety information, especially for the overnight group.

The full 2020 Cruise Calendar is below. The marinas are pending confirmation. Stay tuned for more information and registration. It’s going to be a great year. We’ll see you on the water!

Easter (Spring) Cruise – April 11-12, Beaufort Docks

Memorial Day Cruise – May 23-25, Cape Lookout Anchorage

Week-long Cruise – June 13-21, Albemarle Plantation Marina

Dog Days Cruise – July 10-12, River Forest Marina, Belhaven

Lazy Days Cruise – Aug. 1-2, River Dunes Marina

Labor Day Cruise – Sept. 4-7, Ocracoke Island

Fall Cruise – Oct. 10-11, West Bay Anchorage

Halloween Cruise – Oct. 31-Nov. 1, New Bern Grand Marina

We have cruise captains so far for the Lazy Days and Labor Day cruises. Please contact me at carlcrothers52@gmail.com if you’d like to be a cruise captain.


Donna Crothers, VC Membership

S/V Sanctuary

Welcome New Members!

Welcome to 2020! We have an exciting cruise schedule and awesome land events planned, and we hope that even more sailors will join the NSA this year. We ended 2019 with a total of 37 new memberships, including our newest members, Tim McCauley and Maria Parillo of Arapahoe, with S/V Concerto in Sea, which Tim keeps at Pecan Grove Marina.

If you have friends or neighbors who might enjoy being NSA members, be sure to invite them. Our fun winter events begin soon, including the series of educational seminars starting in January, the Oyster Roast on Feb. 22 and our big membership drive, the Shrimperoo, on March 21.

Special Events

Kevin and Mary Guilfoyle, VC  Special Events

M/V Delphina

NSA 2020 Oyster Roast February 22nd 2pm

Hello everyone! - we are writing this article from beautiful St. Augustine Florida. We were sitting on the sundeck  last night enjoying the beautiful white lights of St Augustine  and thought of all our NSA friends that are also spending the holidays somewhere in Florida. Then we realized it’s time for us to be planning our first NSA Social Event for 2020!  Each February NSA members gather together for the annual Oyster Roast. It’s a great event for  members to come back together and enjoy sharing stories and making plans for the coming year. This year the NSA Oyster Roast will kick off at 2pm on Saturday February 22nd at the Oriental Marina & Inn. NSA will be roasting plenty of oysters and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. If you have never shucked oysters before this is the place to learn. NSA has some very experienced shuckers willing to help you. Shucking knives and gloves will be available or you can bring your own.  There may even be some of Kathy’s famous oyster shooters to be found. As always we are requesting help with this event. We need help setting up tables, roasting and serving oysters and working the registration or membership table. Last year was a great success and lots of fun because of all the amazing people that helped with this event . Give us a call or email if you would like to help. This is a members only event but members are allowed to bring up to two guests for $10.00 each. Guests will have an opportunity to join at the membership table and current members will be able to renew their memberships. Looking forward to seeing everyone!


Photo Contest

Lynn Scott

S/V Earendil

Enter Your Photos this Month

Its fun in January to look back at the adventures on the water by selecting your best photos to enter in the NSA Photo Contest. And we all enjoy it even more when everyone submits a few. Log in as a member to the NSA website and select the PHOTO CONTEST tab. There’s help on How do I upload photos if you need it.

The categories are:

  • Sailing Action - please name the sailing vessel/s in the photo/s
  • Selfies - we want to see your smiling faces 
  • Lifestyles - this is a good opportunity to show why NSA is so great
  • Scenic - judging by what I've seen shared, you all have one to submit
  • Fun/Wacky/Silly - always a favorite

All members are welcome, in fact encouraged, to enter the 2019 photo contest NOW through 31 Jan 2020. Select your best photos, filter them down to no more than five per category and get ready to enjoy all the submissions.

Members can vote in February and the winners will be announced at the March NSA event.

Nautical Co-op News

Chuck Gordon, NSA Director, NCO Rep

S/V Pelican


January 11th thru March 14th (Saturdays, 9:30AM, Oriental Town Hall)

Sponsored by SCOO, ODC, NSA

Jan 11th - Sailing and on Water Opportunities in Oriental – NCO

Jan 18th – Risk Management Onboard – John Rahm

Jan 25th – Navigation and Charting – John Rahm

Feb 1st – TBD

Feb 8th – Diesel Maintenance – Darrell Foster

Feb 15th – Sail Trim – Todd Cox

Feb 22nd – Navigating Local Waters – Coast Guard Aux ( info about the Neuse and local waters, including info about local anchorages, Marinas and boatyards)

Feb 29th – TBD

March 7th – NOAA (discussion on weather)

March 14th – First Aid Onboard – Erik Kindle

NSA Wear

Kathy Kenny, VC Social Media, NSA Wear Coord.

S/V Cool Change

For anyone who hasn’t been able to buy your t-shirt, cap, visor or koozie, text me at 615-828-8621 and I will make it happen. Otherwise, I will continue to post on Facebook and the Neuse Juice when the “mobile store” will be in Oriental. I wish for everyone to have a safe, healthy and happy New Year! 

Be sure to join our Facebook Page!  It's a closed page with access to members only and there are lots of fun pictures and stories shared!


Robert Pugh and Tracy Vail, VC Communications

S/V Solveig

Wild Apricot gave us an opportunity to start 2020 by learning something new with the addition of it's new editing software.  It resulted in the need for a re-design of our newsletter.  We hope you have enjoyed the new format and please bear with us as we work out any kinks of the new systems.  If you have any suggestions for the Neuse Juice or would like to submit an article, please send it to Tracy at tlvail@letstalksls.com.

Robert has been busy getting all the new events and activities onto our website.  New members of the bridge, please send Robert your biographies for the website as soon as possible.  New members, please make sure to create a profile so that you can easily access our events calendars and forums.   For any questions or input about the website, please contact Robert at rchristp@gmail.com.


Sailing Adventures

Guest articles by traveling NSA Members

Sailing SoundWave

Headed South For the Winter

This coastal cruising life is starting to feel normal.  We have been living on our Catalina 445 for six months now.  Some of this time we are on the move day-after-day, which can seem either peaceful or grueling . . .  it depends on the weather.  The rest of the time we are “parked” in a nice location, experiencing the town and sleeping on the anchor or mooring ball.  Once in a while a dock.  We are not in a hurry.  Our first few months of liveaboard life felt like a long vacation that never ends.  That’s a REALLY GOOD feeling!  Now, it is starting to feel like a normal home.  That’s a good thing, too.

Many of you know that I’m not the hearty sailor type (this is Honey speaking).  I’m on this 2-10 year trip because I thought I’d get to eat out a lot.  I’m still clinging to this mission :)  Our cruise up north to cooler temps this summer was easy.  Our cruise south to warmer temps has been slightly harder  . . . for 2 main reasons:  1) The cold/rain and 2) navigating the ICW and bridges.

As our countdown to moving on board and cruising full time approached, I was psyching myself up to do longer passages and overnight sails.  Mind over matter.  Still I was dreading it.  I hate being uncomfortable . . . sea-sick, exposed in chilly weather, and sleep deprived.  So, it turns out that there are certainly pieces of that in the cruising life, but not as much as I feared.  Overnight passages are easier than I imagined.  A two-nighter is still a “bear”, but I’ll get better at that, too.  Thankfully, Chip has picked the best weather windows for our overnights and we hopped down the east coast in comfort.  But the weather; Chip can’t control that.  

Sundown on an overnight passage…..we never take these for granted!

We left New Bern and zipped down to St. Augustine, FL in some overnight passages. Easy and peaceful.  Then the weather changed to 6’ seas for days on end.  Wind and rain.  We decided to travel inside, along the ICW.  We didn’t have to deal with the 6’ seas, but we had the wind and rain.  Sometimes it was hard to see in front of us.  Sometimes it was hard to find a decent anchorage, and all of the time it was a challenge to get under those darn 65’ fixed bridges!  Sidebar . . . 2 things about SoundWave. . . we don’t have an enclosure to keep us warm and dry and our mast is 64’ high.  Each bridge we went under we could hear the “tinking” of our antenna as it scraped while we sucked in our breaths.  The whole trip was based on tide times at bridges.  Traveling seemed to take forever. 

Guess what?  We decided we LOVE traveling on the outside and an overnight passage is a piece of cake!  Next year, when we make this trip south, we plan to do mostly single overnights and 1 or 2 doubles so we can get down to Miami quicker.  Less time in the cold and hopefully a lot less rain than 2019!  When an overnight is not prudent we will just stay in the town we have anchored in and have a good time. Cruisers with shorter masts have a much easier time than us, but that's just the way it is.  Strangely, this mast height issue is what has made me tougher with the overnights.  That's how the universe works.

We have had our first Christmas down south, too.  In early December we got the decorating fever and bought a wreath for the bowsprit and decor for the salon.  Amazon brought us velvet slipcovers for our throw pillows and we added some holiday greenery and LED cork lights to the handrails above the sofas.  Small ornaments were bought at craft fairs during our travels.  Our “house” felt just right.  Cozy.

The towns we have experienced were lit up for the holidays.  So pretty and festive.  I’ve decided that I really groove on a palm tree covered in Christmas lights.  It feels like the best of both worlds.  Christmas week was spent with our 3 college kids and dog in Raleigh.  They decorated, cooked and hosted.  Hallelujah, mom and dad have passed the baton to them!  We shipped our Christmas gifts back to West Palm Beach, where we are currently moored, and put away our decorations in 10 minutes.  Back to summertime!

St. Augustine looks magical for Christmas.

So many people are leaving Florida and jumping to the Bahamas.  It’s that time of year.  We are in Lake Worth North which is just south of Peanut Island and the inlet to the Atlantic.  Many boats are staged here waiting for the next weather window to go down to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, or even on to Bimini.  Today we have some celebrities in the anchorage: Tao with Buck & Debbie O’Neil and Jennabird with Harry & Alicia Clayton.  We are all anchored next to each other.  It's an NSA meetup.  Watch out West Palm Beach!

St. Augustine looks magical for Christmas.

So many people are leaving Florida and jumping to the Bahamas.  It’s that time of year.  We are in Lake Worth North which is just south of Peanut Island and the inlet to the Atlantic.  Many boats are staged here waiting for the next weather window to go down to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, or even on to Bimini.  Today we have some celebrities in the anchorage: Tao with Buck & Debbie O’Neil and Jennabird with Harry & Alicia Clayton.  We are all anchored next to each other.  It's an NSA meetup.  Watch out West Palm Beach!

 Pic 1- Behind us is Tao on the left and Jennabird on the right.  Harry and Alicia are on their way to visit.

 Pic 2- Debbie & Buck O’Neil, Chip Johnson, Harry & Alicia Clayton in West Palm Beach 12/30/19.

Skipper Stuff

Ahoy from West Palm Beach, FL and the Lake Worth Anchorage.

SoundWave has sailed 774 nm since the Commodore’s Ball, most of them motor-sailing.   3 ocean passages from Beaufort NC-Charleston SC-Brunswick GA-St Augustine FL, 2 were under 30 hrs, 1 was 44 hrs.   Weather forced us into the ICW from St Aug down to West Palm Beach, night & day (literally) different cruising.

We lingered in NC a bit, and needed to make some miles to get to GA where we planned to leave the boat and head to RDU for Thanksgiving.    This emboldened us to stretch our sea legs and take a bit more bite out of the Georgia Bight :).  

 Lots of NSA members have done so many cool ocean miles, our little jumps are nothing, what we call “Freshman” projects.    When we first joined the NSA, Honey & I were like sailing high school sophomores   (weekenders, first keelboat, etc.). Next 2 years we got more mature, doing weeklongs, NSA socials, 2-weekers,and our first ocean work.   Layered experience like a pearl.

Now that we have lived aboard for 6 months and nearly 4000 nm, we feel like we are Freshmen and have gone off to cruising college, learning at an accelerated rate and developing a slightly  higher level of seamanship.   (Roz and Howard on Misto would be your PhDs, grad school  :).     This article is to encourage those “high school upper-classmen” NSA members that are considering extended cruising in the near future…

. . . . you can do it!

Inside Outside Night Moves

For many of us, our first ocean sailing was with the NSA, to Cape Lookout or Masonboro Inlet.    It is a thrill before, during and after.    It is understandably intimidating at first.   The crew of SoundWave has now done about 15 outside passages, most were overnights, and have realized 3 main learnings:  

1). It is 10x more enjoyable outside on the ocean than inside the ICW

2). Night sailing is 1.5-2x better than day sailing.

3). Motor-sailing is to be expected, sometimes you “drive like a delivery skipper”

1)     Outside has no shoals, missing markers, logs, superwakes or bugs.   Or bridges.    Our air draft is 64+ and for most boats over 40’ long, waiting for tides to clear bridges kills half-days.    It is weird, we actually now prefer waiting for a drawbridge than a fixed!    Most you have to wait is 30 minutes.  We have had to anchor, cook meals, do boat projects and take a nap just to transit an ICW bridge with supposed 65’ clearance.   Groundings, cross currents, rocks and shoals do damage, and the other boat traffic require constant vigilance.   This is exhausting.   Plus, so many more days to make it southbound, adding two weeks to the trip     Fewer hazards offshore, and watch captain only does a ship check every 5-10 minutes, writes in the log every hour.    Easier and more peaceful.    As for safety and higher risk offshore, maybe not a big difference.     Fatal accidents are thankfully few in the ocean, and are more common on inland waters.   Physical damage to the boat is more severe when it happens at sea in a storm (e.g. boom breaks the gooseneck) but is more frequent and probably more likely from inland waterway hazards of all kinds.    Sailors today are blessed with great weather reports, you can trust the forecast for 3 days out, so you can avoid being punched in the nose by surprise weather.  Just make sure your boat floats, that your 25 mile VHF works and that you trust your motor.    Go outside, you can do it.

2)     Night and Day.    Night sailing brings calmer seas and steadier, less gusty winds.    ATONs and other ships are easily visible at great distances (beware of losing nav aid lights in the backlight clutter of the city if entering the inlet at night.    Easy to lose the lighted channel markers in that approach.)   Plus, the feeling of peace, independence and wonder are magnified at night alone on watch.     We are a crew of two, and we do 3 hr watches from dusk to dawn.    One of the best tips we got for new night sailors:   Go out sailing in your familiar home waters.    Head out late afternoon and come back at 9 or 10.    You will love it.   SoundWave sailed from Manteo to Oriental across the Pamlico Sound in October, last ⅓ of the trip after dark. If you are unsure about standing watches, practice at home.    Two of you stay up all night in 3 hr watches napping when off watch.  Document: take a selfie at least every 10;minutes on watch, and write a note every hour in the log.    Easier than you think.   Go out overnight. . . . you can do it.  

3)     Sailing purists like to claim they only motor in and out of the slip, and sail all the time.   We do not care :).    Here’s the skipper logic: 

a)     If you are in the ICW you are going to motor almost all the way.    Motor sailing outside is the same thing, only lots fewer hours.

b)     Wind = waves.     If the wind is above 17 kts, seas will be above 5’ and that is a mild pounding if in the wrong direction or on a short period.   Learned that when seas are predicted at 6’ on a 6 second period, that math means we get a 12-15’ wave every two hours or so.    We pay much more attention to wave forecast than wind forecast.  Motor Sailing in 2-3’ seas in 10 kts wind is easy, low stress and efficient.  Go straight across a calmer ocean, you can do it.

Sail with Eyes First

Natural navigation is a series of little joys and an important skill to develop.   I am training to be a “water-reader” and you already are one in some way.  Sail by the signs, constantly ask “what do I see” and you will become more confident and more comfortable in any boating situation.

Water behaves the same whether a puddle or a lake, a stream or a river.  Objects in the water behave the same whether they are a stone, a boulder or a piling.  As you pay closer attention to the natural signs, you notice the patterns of the swells, the bending effect of the headlands on the wind, the change in animals, and how to spot shoals from the look of the surface chop.    After a certain time at the helm, you can actually tell what the bottom of the sea is doing by the feel of the helm and from the motion of the boat.   You can tell by the swell where the next island lies just over the horizon.

Check these out: A Polynesian ocean stick map, it is a surprisingly accurate chart based on the sea swells, and these hardwood hand-map carvings used by the Inuit tribes of East Greenland that show the jagged Greenland headlands and bays, along with depths in 3D that could be used without looking, even in the dark. Keeps you off the rocks. This is good stuff.

It becomes second nature that every headland has a shoal, it is always deeper on the outside of the bend in the river, islands always grow, rarely vanish. There are two shoals inside and one shoal outside every inlet, swept back like two slashes (slanted north along ICW east coast). You know all of these things innately, so do not stare at your chartplotter or nav app, you look up instead.

At night, sail by lighted buoys or lighthouses, the better to know where you are on earth. Mark where stars, planets and moon line up on your standing rigging, it will help warn you if you drift off course. (Use stars and planets mostly, the moon moves too fast). You know that where there are headlands (a point, a cape, a peninsula), there are always shoals, and therefore rough seas, so you swing wide around the capes. The additional visual wonders will be noted more often, you will enjoy cruising at a higher level.

If you are interested in being more adept at natural navigation, try starting with How to Read Water by Tristan Gooley. Made me wiser, highly recommended.


We scored 100 on offshore PFD and jackline protocol, 100 on inshore protocol and 27/28 on dinghy pfd protocol. This is for 2 months. Honey was perfect, I forgot my vest when we rowed in to fly home for Christmas. Wife and son had theirs, dumb ole dad left his on SoundWave in the rush…

We pray that every NSA member talks about life safety a lot.

Chip and Honey

S/V Soundwave


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